Boston Fern - Nephrolepis exaltata 'Cotton Candy'

Sprouts of Bristol
Checking local availability

Scientific Name
Nephrolepis exaltata (kidney-scaled plant with upraised fronds)

Common Name
Boston Fern, Sword Fern, Green Moment Plant

Native to tropical and subtropical areas of South & Central America and the Caribbean

The classic fern to keep in your home, the Boston fern is a common sight as a houseplant. Its explosion of lush green foliage brings to mind walks in the forest and April showers! As long as you keep in mind the dappled light and moist ground this plant gets in its natural habitat, it will reward your care with verdant foliage! Just remember that this is a thirsty plant, so keep it away from radiators which would dry it out too quickly.

Likes bright, indirect light. Boston Ferns are tolerant to shade as long as they are not kept too soggy in it!

Water when only the top of the soil has dried out. Water directly onto the soil, not onto the leaves- this can cause rot.

Likes high humidity, like the bogs it has adapted to in the Americas. Introduce a humidity tray to keep the humidity high, especially while you have the hearting on.

Use a loose, well-draining but moisture-retentive mixture to allow the thin fern roots to burrow through; a mix designed for ferns is ideal, with added sand, coir and nutrients. Repot every 2-3 years in spring as the plant grows.

Feed every four waters in the growing season, reduce to every six in autumn and winter.

Ideal temperature is 12-26°C; make sure it does not get colder than 10°C in winter.

Yes, but too much nibbling won't be good for pets, small humans or the plant!

Sprouts Top Tips
Moisture is key for Boston Ferns. Make sure the air is not too dry and the soil doesn't ever totally dry out. The water has to be in the right place, though; wet leaves or a wet crown can lead to damage and rot, so be sure to get the moisture directly into the soil.


Customer Reviews

Based on 2 reviews
Love my new plant baby. Arrived quickly, w...

Love my new plant baby. Arrived quickly, well packaged and healthy. Seller really helpful too.

fern arrived quickly and is spending its d...

fern arrived quickly and is spending its days chilling in my bathroom :D

Check out The Sprouts Blog

Sprouts insights to house plants, gardening, our favourite brands and plant hire case studies.
Ten of our most popular houseplants - Sprouts of Bristol
With nearly four years of business under our belt, and many more years of looking...
Jessy EdgarJun 07, 2024
Slugs… snails… and how to stop them eating your garden plants? - Sprouts of Bristol
It's an age old question. You might have tried salt, copper tape, egg shells, sheep...
Jessy EdgarJun 04, 2024
Spider Plants: Why Rhianna loves them, and why you should too - Sprouts of Bristol
Maybe your granny has one, or your parents. Maybe you see them in your local...
Rhianna BanghamMay 30, 2024